Drug store on California and Main

I'm interested in knowing about the drug store with the fountain located on the corner of California and Main Street during the 1950's. Do you know where I might find a photo of this business?
Thank You

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Oct 29, 2010
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Here's what we found out...
by: Michael - Fun-in-Ventura

Thanks for the question!

Well, there were two drug stores within a block of each other on Main Street in the 1950's...

The drug store on California and Main (500 E. Main) was The Bush Drug Company, but the one with the soda fountain was the Franz & Franz Rexall Drug Store at 391 E. Main, at the corner of Oak and Main St.

Both buildings have been altered since then. The Rexall Drug Store building is now occupied by American Apparel, and the Bush Drug Store is now Cafe Bariloche.

So far we haven't been able to find any photos of these stores as they were in the 1950's, but we'll keep looking...

May 21, 2011
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A druggist in 1880
by: Anonymous

A relative of mine - Robert William Forth - profession listed as a Druggist is listed in San Buenaventura California in 1880. He arrived by ship in 1879 and then we lost trace of him. Wondered if he ever practiced in that early community. Any thoughts?

Mar 03, 2012
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Bush Drug
by: Stephanie

My father owned the drugstore at California and Main and I'd be happy to share a picture.
Stephanie
stephsgenealogy@aol.com

May 06, 2012
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Bush Drug Photo
by: Anonymous

We can we see the photo?
Thank you for your consideration!

May 07, 2012
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Here's the pictures...
by: Michael - Fun-in-Ventura

Stephanie sent in a couple pictures of her father's drug store,
Oct 15, 2012
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Rexal Drug Store
by: Jay

My Grandfather owned the Rexal drug store on the corner of Main and California in the let 30' and into the 40'. I am looking for pictures if anyone has any....In 1934 he owned the drugstore at 359 east Main street also. I would like to have pictures to show my mother, his daughter, on her upcoming 94th birthday...Thanks

Oct 15, 2012
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drugstore at California & Main
by: Stephanie

There's a picture of the drug store at California and Main Streets circa 1915 in the 1981 Dudley House Restoration Calendar.

The historical library at the museum downtown might have some pictures as well. You can email the librarian there at library@venturamuseum.org

Sep 03, 2014
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Rexall Drug and Mission Drug
by: Pete Crosby

My Dad, Harold B. Crosby, owned and operated (Harold was a pharmacist)a small drug store across from the old Mission, on main, and across from Pierano's Market, from 1953 to 1963. As a kid (I graduated from VHS in 1963), I worked for my Dad at the store, and since the Rexall Drug Store carried a larger inventory of pharmaceuticals, I would run up to the Rexall Store at the corner of Calif St and Main, and buy drugs from Rexall, at cost, so my Dad could fill the prescriptions for inventory when he was out of stock. Mission Drug operated since the 1880s.

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